The Osa Community Support Fund (FACOSA) was created to provide micro funding to local communities in Osa Peninsula. The gifts to local community groups were used for community improvements such as drinking water systems, community centers, health centers, local development activities, and others. As the COVID-19 has impacted the entire World affecting communities to the core, we are turning our energy in providing for the most vulnerable groups: the elderly in these rural towns.
Drake Bay and its surrounding communities are small rural communities, where the majority of the population depends directly or indirectly on tourism. Given the world situation, tourism is going to be one of the most affected sectors. The elderly in Drake Bay often survive with the support of children and close relatives, who at this time due to the fall in tourism are going to be out of work. In addition, these older adults are in very isolated communities, which generates greater risk.
The FACOSA (The Osa Community Support Project) has already disbursed around $45,000 USD for several community projects. We have served this community for over 20 years. With tourism being the main source of income, the elderly will be among the first and hardest-hit victims of the COVID19. We will direct our talents, energy, and time to collect money and goods, then deliver food baskets and supplies to help lessen some of the health risks and economic damage facing the elderly.
We will be collecting goods and cleaning supplies for the most vulnerable population at the moment - the elderly people of Drake Bay. We hope that by supporting them, we will be able to reduce their risk of getting sick and their need to look for low paying jobs to survive. We want them to stay at home and have some food, cleaning supplies or medicines, to be safe and have their dignity. There are at least 65 people 65 or older living in poverty and isolation in DRake Bay. They need help.
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